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What's in a Name? A Lot When a Pope Chooses it

Stuart Koehl Wrote: Mar 16, 2013 2:37 PM
"As if he mattered! " "How many battalions does the Pope have?"--Joseph Stalin Stalin's gone. The Soviet Union is gone. Pope is still here, and so is the Church. Ponder.

Habemus Papam! We have a pope! That was the word, or rather the words, from St. Peter's Basilica on Wednesday, and it wasn't just a worldwide church that had awaited the news, but the world itself. And the news was good, as in the Good News. For suddenly the air in Rome and far beyond seemed filled with a hope that was almost palpable.

Habemus Papam! Even as the white smoke was still drifting, spirits were lifting. And then the name that the new pope had chosen for himself was announced: Francis. As in Francis of Assisi, saint and exemplar. A...